Rigging opinions on nuclear power, The Japan Times Online, Nov. 28, 2011 (Emphasis Added):
A third-party committee of the Hokkaido government on Wednesday reported that the then chief of the regional government’s nuclear power safety measures section asked Hokkaido Electric Power Co. in July 2008 to collect opinions that favored the use of MOX (mixed oxide) nuclear fuel in the No. 3 reactor of its Tomari nuclear power plant.
The chief made the request because a majority of opinions collected by the Hokkaido government up to that point had been decidedly against the use of MOX fuel, which contains both plutonium and uranium, the committee said.
Not the first time
This is just the latest revelation of attempts to rig public opinions on nuclear power. [...]
It is already known that the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy and the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, both of the trade and industry ministry, asked five power companies — Hokkaido, Tohoku, Chubu, Shikoku and Kyushu — to mobilize employees and other people to express opinions favoring nuclear power generation in public meetings, symposiums, etc. [...]
Given the collusive ties between the government and the power industry, it will be difficult for people to take the claim of nuclear power plant safety at face value. Local residents will resist the restart of such plants even when their regular inspection is over.
Anti-nuclear protestors sit tight at Japanese ministry, DPA, Nov. 18, 2011 (Emphasis Added):
- “We won’t allow the government to restart idled reactors” after they are shut down for maintenance, [Eda] says.
- All of Japan’s 11 reactors still in operation, are scheduled to be shut down for servicing by April, he says.
- If the government withholds permission for them to restart, Japan would be free of nuclear power.
- “That’s an immediate goal,” Eda says outside the ministry, which has
promoted the country’s nuclear-dependent energy policy for decades.
- The country’s other 43 reactors are either currently being
inspected, or have been shut down in the wake of the March 11 earthquake
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Published: November 27th, 2011 at 9:43 pm ET